Master in Chinese Studies

> DURATION: 2 academic years (90 ECTS credits) - 1st year: 60 ECTS credits, 2nd year: 30 ECTS credits
> CALENDAR: From September to June | TIMETABLE: From 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday
> TUITION FEE: Students UE: 3,301.8 (1rst academic year, 60 ECTS credits) / € 4,092 (1st academic year, 30 ECTS credits)  |
Non UE students: 1,720 (2nd academic year, 60 ECTS credits) / € 2,115.9  (2nd academic year, 60 ECTS credits) 
> PLACES:
30
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DOCTORAL STUDIES TO WHICH IT GRANTS ACCESS: Phd in Humanities & PhD in History
> LANGUAGE:
Spanish or English (depending on the subject) 
> LOCATION: Ciutadella campus | MASTER'S PROGRAMME SECRETARY'S OFFICE:
estudisxinesos.humanitats@upf.edu
> ORGANIZATION:
Department of Humanities

This master offers one registration fee grant worth 2,000 € for the 2016-2017 academic year

Presentation

The master's degree programme in Chinese Studies offers specialized training from a contemporary, interdisciplinary perspective. This master offers an integrated training, aimed at both the students' career prospects and research, about the Chinese economy, culture, international relations, history and language. It also offers internships in companies or institutions and international mobility in Asian universities

Objectives

The master's degree programme in Chinese Studies aims to offer specialized training in modern and contemporary China to professionals and university graduates with different backgrounds and from a variety of fields. This general objective can be broken down into the following three specific objectives:

  • To provide professionals and researchers with the training they need to pursue a professional or academic career based or focused on China and to apply the knowledge and skills they acquired in their previous training to areas related to China.
  • To produce professionals and researchers able to actively participate in Chinese-European relations in the areas of international trade, cultural management, institutional relations, migratory movements, etc.
  • To produce professionals and researchers able to grasp the complexity of contemporary China from a historical and civilizational perspective and, thus, able to enrich their analyses and decision-taking regarding matters related to East Asia within the methodological framework of their field of specialization.

Who is it for?

The master's degreeprogramme is aimed at both holders of the bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and holders of undergraduate degrees in any discipline seeking to apply their disciplinary knowledge to the area of Chinese studies. The programme can accommodate both students with an intermediate or advanced level of Chinese and students with no prior knowledge of the language, and specific Chinese language classes are offered for both profiles in addition to the other subjects.

Structure

Students must take a total of 90 ECTS credits over two academic years. The first year they take 60 ECTS credits and 30 in the second.

The master's degree programme consists of 50 compulsory ECTS credits, 30 optional ECTS credits and 10 ECTS credits devoted to the Master's Degree Final Project.

All compulsory credits will be taken during the first year. During the first year, students will also take 10 ECTS credits in Chinese language, choosing the two suitable optional subjects according to their level. No prior knowledge of Chinese is required to take the master's degree programme. The subjects on Chinese for academic purposes do not assume any prior knowledge of the language. The subjects on Chinese for professional purposes are aimed at pupils with a minimum level of HSK3 or similar.

In the second year of the master's degree programme the students must take the optional credits and do the Master's Degree Final Project. During the second year pupils may spend an educational stage at an Asian university to complete 15 optional ECTS credits of the master's degree programme. These credits will be recognized as subjects of the master's degree programme, whether within the framework of the exchange programmes arranged by the University or through scholarships or the students' own arrangements.

Throughout the master's degree programme, students may do an internship in companies, institutions or organizations.

Content

Materials and subjects

1. History of China

  • Historical Perspectives of Present Day China (5 ECTS credits)
  • China in the World: Exchanges and Perceptions (5 ECTS credits)
  • Modern History of China (5 ECTS credits)
  • Colonization and Decolonization in Asia (5 ECTS credits)
  • Seminar on the Contemporary History of China (2.5 ECTS credits)

2. Contemporary Chinese culture and society

  • Art and Mass Culture in Contemporary China (5 ECTS credits)
  • Readings of Contemporary Chinese Fiction (5 ECTS credits)
  • Chinese-speaking Cinema: Contexts and Audiences (5 ECTS credits)
  • Chinese Civilization: Heritage, Art and Thought (5 ECTS credits)
  • Seminar on Chinese Culture and Society (2.5 ECTS credits)

3. Chinese Economy, Enterprise and Business

  • Transformations of the Chinese Economy (5 ECTS credits)
  • Negotiations and Business Organizations in China and East Asia (5 ECTS credits)
  • China's Foreign Trade (5 ECTS credits)
  • Seminar on the Chinese Economy (2.5 ECTS credits)

4. Global China

  • China and East Asian International Relations (5 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Topics of Chinese Foreign Policy (5 ECTS credits)
  • The Chinese Diaspora: the Chinese in Europe (5 ECTS credits)
  • East Asian Political Systems (5 ECTS credits)
  • Seminar on Global China (2.5)

5. Chinese language for academic and professional purposes

  • Chinese Language for Academic Purposes 1 (5 ECTS credits)
  • Chinese Language for Academic Purposes 2 (5 ECTS credits)
  • Chinese Language for Professional Purposes 1 (5 ECTS credits)
  • Chinese Language for Professional Purposes 2 (5 ECTS credits)

6. Educational stage at an Asian university centre

  • Advanced Topics of East Asian Cultures and Societies (15 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Topics of Chinese Language (15 ECTS credits)

7. Master's Degree Final Project

  • Master's Degree Final Project (10 ECTS credits)

Internships

Throughout the two years of the master's degree programme, all course students may do non-curricular internships in companies, institutions and organizations.

You can find out further details at:http://www.upf.edu/mxina/Informacio_academica/info_academica_2015-16/practiques.html

Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

All master's degree programme students will acquire Chinese language skills, whether they begin with no prior knowledge of the language or an upper intermediate level. Likewise, all master's degree programme students will gain a historical perspective of contemporary China and will be able to explore in-depth those aspects of the humanities (art, literature, thought) or social sciences (economics, society, trade, foreign policy) needed to understand China today.

For more information about the programme's competence framework, see: http://www.upf.edu/mxina/Informacio_academica/info_academica_2015-16/marc_competencial.html

Career prospects

The master's degree programme in Chinese Studies prepares students to work both on China and in and with China. The programme provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to subsequently pursue a successful professional or research-related career in China itself or in an area related to China. It opens the doors to a wide range of professional and research-related careers concerning China in a variety of disciplines. The programme is particularly strong in international business, international institutions, history, contemporary culture, tourism, international relations, policy analysis, journalism, and social network content management, among other, all within the context of China, whether with regard to the People's Republic itself or to Taiwan, Hong Kong or the Chinese diaspora.

Scholarships and grants

For information on the available financial aid for master's degree programmes, see www.upf.edu/postgrau/en/beques.